Celebrating 2016 & Looking Forward to 2017

January 6, 2017

Here’s a selection of the many achievements the Chamber & Visitors Center made in 2016!

Program Development 

  • program-lccHosted Eastman Worlds of Work, attended by nearly 2,000 students, 72 career presenters, and over 350 volunteers
  • Served as presenter at Piedmont Advantage Plus, with 80 members of the senior class
  • Conducted Job Shadowing Day with Students from Jacksonville and Piedmont School Systems
  • Get Linked networking event was held at JSU
  • Held Superintendent Roundtable with all 5 public school systems represented
  • Spring LCC Leadership Lunch had 60 alumni and current class members
  • Graduation for 31 YLCC class members was held at the Anniston Museum of Natural History.
  • Graduation exercises were held for the 24 members of the LCC Class of 2016
  • Leadership Calhoun County kicked off the class of 2017 with 25 class members.
  • CEOs in the Classroom kicked off with Oxford City Schools.
  • LCC hosted a Fall Leadership Connection on  September 29, with guest speaker Colonel Martine S. Kidd, Commander of the Anniston Army Depot at the Hotel Finial.

Public Affairs 

  • public-affairs-8-9-forum2016 Legislative agendas were created for both State and Federal levels.
  • Re-established Military &Securities Committee with tours of Pelham Range and Anniston Army Depot
  • On March 17 Members of the Public Affairs committee rode the bus to Montgomery with the LCC
  • Hosted Mayors Roundtables quarterly
  • Sponsored July Business After Hours at the National Guard Readiness Center at McClellan
  • Partnered with the Anniston Star on Political Forums in each municipality for August Elections
  • Attended the Anniston Army Depot 75th Anniversary Celebration
  • Hosted the presentation by the JSU Center for Economic Development on Economic Impact of Military with 40 in attendance
  • Met with Congressman Rogers to deliver a briefing from the Military and Security Affairs Organizations.
  • Newly Elected Officials reception was on November 15th with Business After Hours.
  • Committee members met with Mark Colson, Senior VP for Governmental Affairs & Chief of Staff at the Business Council of Alabama.

Organizational Development

  • org-dev-member-appreciateAwarded Accredited Alabama Chamber of Commerce distinction
  • An Ambassador Facebook Group was developed.
  • Continued Member Orientation with 75 members attending.
  • Partnered with Chamber Members to present 36 of the monthly networking events: Business & Biscuits, Lunch & Leads, and Business After Hours.
  • Introduced the Chamber Membership to the Office Depot (OfficeMax) National Chamber Affinity Program.
  • Partnered with R.L. Moore Photography for new Affinity program with Google Maps
  • Celebrated 54 Ribbon Cuttings and 3 Ground Breakings
  • Established Every Member Counts Campaign with 315 calls made.
  • Held a Chat with the Chamber on April 13 in Piedmont.
  • Made more than 206 retention visits to members with upcoming renewals
  • Began recognition of Longevity Members at monthly board meetings
  • The Chamber’s Annual Member Appreciation Day was held on October 7
  • The Chamber currently has 1086 members.
  • There are 136 new members for 2016.
  • 84% retention rate.


  • tourism-hotels1400 visitor informational bags were distributed.
  • Hotel / Motel Meeting heard from speakers Greg Seitz, speaking on JSU athletics and Greg Bagley, speaking on Choccolocco Park
  • Participated with the Calhoun County Fair which was attended by approximately 5,000 over 5 days
  • Attended Tourism Workshop conducted by State of Alabama Tourism Department
  • New tourism website launched on May 31st, http://www.VisitCalhounCounty.com.
  • Participated with Centennial Memorial Wall Park Committee for the unveiling of the State Law Enforcement Fallen Officer Wall
  • Held Familiarization tours for front-line staff &  Cleburne County Welcome Center Staff
  • Prepared tourism materials for 61 baseball teams of the Dixie Youth State Tournament
  • Hosted National Association of Railroad Passengers intern
  • For Restaurant Week, 10 Restaurants registered
  • Attended the Ribbon Cutting for Choccolocco Park on October 16
  • Attended Freedom Riders Public Meeting to present statement of support
  • Held Hotel/Motel Meeting at Choccolocco Park on November 15, with 11 in attendance.
  • Held Ladiga Trail Meeting on November 16, with 12 in attendance.
  • Attended the Cleburne I-20 Welcome Center Holiday Open House with 4 area hoteliers

Public Relations

  • pr-socialThe Visit Calhoun County Facebook Page now has 1164 likes.
  • com had more than 9,228 visitors, with 84% being new visitors
  • The Visit Calhoun County blog has generated more than 4,861 page views.
  • @VisitCalhounCo has 417 followers on Twitter.
  • @VisitCalhounCo has 231 followers on Instagram
  • The Chamber Facebook page has 3696 likes/Followers.
  • com had more than 42,654 visitors, with 58,363 directory searches of our online membership directory.
  • With 37 active job postings, we garnered 3,210 views.
  • Our Calhounchamber.com event calendar received more than 499,991 searches.
  • Our 47 Hot Deals received 2,848 views.
  • The Chamber’s Twitter, @CalhounChamber, has 1,098 followers
  • The Chamber’s Blog garnered 1,254 views.
  • The Chamber’s E-Newsletter has a 27% open rate
  • The Chamber’s App, Calhoun2Go, has 166 users.

Business Development   

  • bus-dev-expoNon-Dues revenue increased by 34%
  • The 2016 Economic Forum presented by the Center for Economic Development was held at Jacksonville State University Merrill Hall with 72 in attendance.
  • Co-Sponsored with JSU, the SBDC and EMA, “Keeping Your Business Safe: A workshop on Business Continuity, Cybersecurity and Disaster Planning” on March 4
  • January 27, more than 250 Chamber Members joined us for the 37th Annual Meeting.
  • Kicked off a Facebook Group, HYPE (Harnessing Young Professional Energies), to share opportunities and events for YPs
  • The 2016 Night of Laughter & Business Awards was a sell-out crowd with 560 in attendance
  • On June 22nd, 20 Chamber members attended the Multigenerational Workforce SummitSponsored by AUSA (Association of the United States Army) & BAE Systems.
  • Hosted Social Media Boot Camp with 25 in attendance
  • Hosted a Business Diversity Round-table, with 10 in attendance
  • The Chamber’s Salute to Industry Scavenger Hunt on September 9 had 11 teams participate.
  • The Chamber’s Salute to Industry Golf Outing on September 15 had more than 120 golfers
  • More than 1500 attended the 32nd Annual Business EXPO on October 18, with first Wine Pull and Meet Mentors events.
  • 10 Small Businesses participated in the Chamber’s Shop Small Saturday
  • Business Builder Series on Accounting for Small Business was held on November 11
  • 9 members attended the first Spritz and Splash Holiday Paint Party on December 5.
  • The Mini Christmas Tree Contest had 21 participants. The contest brought in a total of 865 canned goods.

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